\ ˈblend \
blended also blent\ ˈblent \; blending

Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : mix especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished
2 : to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

1a : to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
b : to combine into an integrated whole
2 : to produce a harmonious effect



Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something produced by blending: such as
a : a product prepared by blending
b : a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words
2 : a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable

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Other Words from blend


blendable \ ˈblen-​də-​bəl \ adjective

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mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole. mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity. mix the salad greens mix a drink mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active. fear mingled with anticipation in my mind commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling. a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture. blended several teas to create a balanced flavor merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole. in his mind reality and fantasy merged coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity. telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities. refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product. a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence


The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel.


a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Henningsen is considered to be one of the first lighting designers to truly blend form and function with this model. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lamp Has A Remarkable History," 22 Jan. 2019 Once the wax is removed, buff the area with a clean cloth and furniture polish to blend and camouflage the repair. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Remove Candle Wax from Clothes, Carpet, and More," 24 Dec. 2018 At a glance, this house from Kenta Eto Architects appears to blend in perfectly with its surroundings. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern Japanese house has a climbable roof," 26 Nov. 2018 The shoes come in three colors: a bold red, which blends seamlessly into the iconic sole, and two graphic takes on the brand's upcoming Loubigraf collection, which was inspired by graffiti. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Christian Louboutin's Much-Loved Baby Shoes Are Coming Back," 8 Nov. 2018 For this look, Vincent creates a blue metallic smoky eye by blending blue shadow shades from the crease to the outer corner of the eye. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "How to Create a Holiday Beauty Look for Under $15," 13 Dec. 2018 The two parents are working on blending their families together in one household in Kirkland. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "A Kirkland mother’s anguished phone call brings help she never imagined," 9 Dec. 2018 Once, all Barolo producers made their wines by blending grapes from various vineyards. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why Italy’s ‘King of Wines’ Is A Relative Bargain—For Now," 6 Dec. 2018 Thus far, airlines have been reluctant to make long- or even medium-term commitments to blending biofuel with jet fuel because biofuel creation is so cost-prohibitive. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The result is a combustible blend, both sweet and smoky, that juxtaposes the spirit of the Americas with a label that’s 100 percent made in Italy. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Can Liqueurs Be the Next Big Thing in Food-Cocktail Pairings?," 14 Jan. 2019 If 18th-century style and modern amenities sound like the perfect blend for you, 79 Sheepskin Hollow Road South is on the market now $683,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Country house on 59 acres blends old and new for $683K," 12 Dec. 2018 The Nightmare Before Christmas is a perfect blend of creative genius, when the Pumpkin King (aka Jack Skellington) grows tired of Halloween Town and tries to bring Christmas to the ghoulish world. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 Yesterday in Los Angeles, Reese Witherspoon stepped out in a brand new brunette hair color, a perfect blend of chestnut and cherry that feels right on time with the shift in season. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon Reveals a New Bold Brunette Hair Color in Los Angeles," 2 Nov. 2018 The partnership would be the perfect blend of youth and experience for Manuel Pellegrini's men, with Vida having recorded an impressive 61 caps for the Croatian national team., "Report Claims Unnamed Club Have Made Bid for Croatia International With West Ham & Everton Linked," 23 June 2018 The unattended soil must contain a perfect blend of acidity; the saturated colors of the voluptuous, pendulous flowers that cluster on the lightweight branches range from faint whitish-blue to deep pink and dusky purple. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Here Is Where the Taxi Driver Set His Wife on Fire" by GKS Waller," 2 June 2018 The most effective resumes are a perfect blend of keyword-rich, targeted content and design. Dear Sam,, "How to design a creative resume," 4 May 2018 For me, real estate is the perfect blend of many different facets. Rebecca Maitland, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor of the Week: Jacqui Kneese," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of blend


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blend


Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

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English Language Learners Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mix (things) thoroughly and usually with good results
: to exist together as a combination



English Language Learners Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

: something produced by mixing or combining different things


\ ˈblend \
blended; blending

Kids Definition of blend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to mix so completely that the separate things mixed cannot be told apart
2 : to exist agreeably with each other She chose soft colors that blend well.
blend in
: to look like part of something He tried to blend in with the group.



Kids Definition of blend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a thorough mixture : a product made by blending
2 : a word formed by combining parts of two or more other words so that they overlap The word “smog” is a blend of “smoke” and “fog.”

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